and the foible that the city avoids lawsuits
March 5, 2015
February 12, 2015
Left work a little early for the terrific snowfall
While it was a bit of a “snow storm”
the air was fresh and the temps were warmest they’d be
through early next week (
and it was such a photographic opportunity
the snow felt nice
the air was fantastic
like aloe vera champagne
and there was a hawk to follow
I was also prey
having followed the hawk well into the woods
then seeing it flying back from whence I had come
figured i’d press on, sensed movement above
and it was all these starlings
then was back the way i’d come. Those starlings
those starlings could have swarmed down on me
it was a strange moment when as i went beyond them
the whole group moved up to the next tree again overhead again
so good for the oxygen
and excercize for the legs
January 26, 2015
The cold coffee grounds of January
are now building up
in the corners of rooms.
Some minds waver
to an all is pain
sub zero temperature and
existence complications turmoil
that gets right into the body structure
the constant wind and cold
and special intervening admixture of damp
in its special times
In slow motion
as the athletic migrant sensibility
attempts to live with ever further injury
into the winter. When the temperature rises slightly
the dampness rises
and seems to carry the messages of
what people have been feeling
released into the atmospheric moment
And then it gets colder
again and things square off
some in, some out,
as the musical chairs gaming
of housing and shelter runs gamuts
through each individual’s planning
All of it as if played out on a ship at sea
where there’s no other options.
January 17, 2015
January 4, 2015
While it’s true that it was Lincoln the Republican that
ended slavery and attempted to consecrate ideals of law
as regard for human dignity, as had others re the latter.
The whole thing was based on how abusive and intolerably
greedy the needy British had become. The idea of being
in a new place and why the hell should it all go to England?
They bridled well against this and created this amazing
new country. They didn’t like being harassed by the State.
So a lot of the libertarian anti-tax side of
the Republicans and profound wariness of State,
all the way out to the crazy guys in the mountain woods,
stamping around in their manfreedom,
are reflecting the inspiring origin of the country.
In a way it’s like rubics’ cube of a knot
with that strand going all the way out there,
while in urban centres people realize 90%
of what everyone does is essentially collective
and interwoven effecting all. At work when I
jump in the recycle bin to stamp everything down,
balancing on the already above full giant
miscellany of boxes, thats good for the employer
And good for the whole system, allowing their
massive garbage and recycle trips to transport more,
tidying the world. Less gas and hydraulics,
one shot get the area cleared out and fewer
animals spending the nights in the bins.
If there’s less cardboard in there jumping in
is more dangerous and it’s impossible to get out.
Everything effects everything,
the trading room people however purely analytic,
the system itself chiming away for better or worse,
One thinks of Jacobi Jones wanting to earn 15 yards
on the kickoff return rather than be given anything,
he’d always rather take his chance with the ball.
Thats magnificent individualism, and valid,
but so much of the activity of the world is collective.
A collective having 55,000 fans and 1,200 part time employees
besides the teams and officials and media
have it all go smoothely? Time and time again?
Thats everybody working. It’s everyone working
including the many stations of government and union personnel.
A young anarchist being confronted on a bus by police
told them they were just social workers with guns
(so accustomed to arrest he used it as a time to editorialize,
super intelligent kid; or, outcast, part of the maybe 9%
to just have no role in the system, besides the disabled,
and others who are unwanted, and those temporarily incommoded,
which can happen to anyone in our fateful world.
Why create people for whom the situation is impossible?
History has moved on on many old issues of the past.
It is mere decency not to persecute. Most people know that.
There has also been the unAmerican persecution of Obama’s Presidency
not just in catcalls from the most ill wings
of the Republican Party but represented in voting
without conscience of thought to the purpose of the vote
but only to thwart Obama, to harass his legacy,
for what seem like racist reasons.
At best you could call it an antidemocrat racism,
absurdly demonizing Democrats including
obviously well meaning and intelligent ones who most likely
have a talent for what they’re doing.
Mario Cuomo was the sort of person who could have
done anything at all and done it well, with that
same high standard and naturalness,
even through the difficult realities
of such an entity as The State of New York.
How function on such scale? How does it become
binary and lights out noncooperative?
If the Republicans want any trek with the future,
and respectfully grant Obama the duly elected freedom
to do what so many worked so hard to successfully do
because it was necessary. It is not too late for them
to respect democracy, and respect the the United States
of America elected Barack Obama to be President
for two terms, which is as many terms as they would be
given the opportunity to elect Barack Obama.
The decision to reject anything he has a hand in
is disrespectful of the process which involves milllions,
and at times seems to consist only of the personal
and not the reality.
Some respect for the Presidential choice
of the United States of America
shouldn’t be beyond any Republican.
Respect the Nation of soon 300 million
choosing who to titulively lead them,
while of course respecting their own families
and loved ones most mutually among all.
Obama wasn’t elected to be constantly at war overseas
but on domestic policy, which the Republicans have sought
to block and stigmatize any way they can, such as
basic health care rather than have infections and
health crises as administrative chaos when trying to keep
everyone healthy, the most obviously collective feature
in the entire pantheon, even more collective than education
or policing, what if health care was funded better than
policing or overseas subterfuge which will never not
anger the peop¬e overseas? The tax could fund health care
instead of all this, and build a good society
of bridges and people doing things right.
(Canada’s so much smaller and spread out
that there’s no comparing, And live in the shadow of
America’s inconceivable overseas apparati
(i do genuinely start to laugh at the thought of it,
like some dragon on a leish the global dog.
In Canada, the more party leader talks about overseas war
the more the country views him as a poseur,
culllying votes from a demographic and feels shame,
only because Canada does not have an overseas force
that could win a war anywhere, only help in one.
We’d lose in ten minutes to America, and yet persist
like chattering sparrows, at every opening.)
Unfortunately some of the same bad thinking is
in Canadian politics in other ways: The inability to
respect First Nations Sovereignty, the ludicrous
disrespect for anyone unionized, right into the heights
of government, the attempted stigmatizing of leadership
of other parties, good people, as real and human as themselves,
(my own feeling is that
menacing forces try to
take over both parties,
and there is nothing)
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September 16, 2014
Ive often suspected that having the pork industry around
effects people’s minds. Pigs are sensitive, heavily
thoughtful beings, two thirds closer to humans
than dogs, to put it nicely, and the scentful vibe
of distress and misery radiates out big from such places,
overwelming depression among the painfully imprisoned
large animals. Oh the nightmare of being large
in unfree circumstances.
Toronto’s old name was Hog Town, not as much in use
any more, (replaced with Toronto The Good, and,
The Big Smoke) but there is still a slaughterhouse.
Abusing large trapped animals without options,
no room for growth, no choices they can make,
no way of negotiating out of their position,
nothing they can offer or take command,
permanently injured to the depths of their being.
If dogs were in that situation, would they take it well?
Or cats? Dogs and cats have intuitive depths
and it’d be absurd to suggest pig’s didn’t also
have many elements to their minds.
…all this from seeing phrase Pigtown.
As to comics, I was a wimp sentimentalist
of a comic book reader. No he-men superheroes,
just Charlie Brown, Bugs Bunny, and books
like the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.
Gandalf was probably the only qualifying superhero,
as Batman was so clearly funny, and not really
dealing with crime in any serious way.
The reading of Charlie Brown carried well into life,
not just childhood. By some means I owned a massive,
bound, ‘complete’ Charlie Brown, on that worst of
dirty dry scrapy grey paper, but bound, solid,
and always available, like Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil,
and all the Keats & Shelley you could ever find.
It was the go to book when we’d move yet again,
and again be a complete stranger at an odd age
0in some new unknown town or village.
When we first moved to the Riverside area in Windsor,
the streets resembled Charlie Brown streets,
and I lived like at the bottom of a well
in the dry showy front room, that had nothing fun
in it, isolating the book in hand. When we then moved
to St Clair Beach, which in 12 year old world
is completely away from Windsor, I went back to it,
reading it my room with the trees in the window,
completely shut off from the world.
An inexhaustible book of hundreds of pages
with many plates per page. Whole stories or episodes
in two busy pages.
It’s a continued carnage against a species
that is disgusting and horrid like a sick crime movie.
One day I should read JD Salinger.
September 7, 2014
This below is just an email in relaxed free exploration writing about the conflicts in the world and media representation.
it’s more like current things running through it all and hoping for change but, what change? open ended thinking.
other tags: Brazil, Libya, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Australia, everyone
at the same time nonhistorical and nonpositional
just trying to improve the dialogue.
Typos sustained. Anything positional on all this
I’d see what happens for a long time, as of now.
The article is something of a work of art on top of it all.
Whats contained in it, about 600 significant events
that go into the topic “isil” or even if you call it the middle east. Dozens of historical serious alterations.
The tv takes all that and every so often presents
two minutes on just one of those major changes,
then an expert says why it’s significant
and the public decides if it really is or not,
then for 3 days repubs attack dems for not doing
enough about it, oblivious to 39 other dimensions
or just as significant developments, not even paying attention,
not even wondering, just robotically attacking Obama,
meaningless journalism, and on tv at that.
Medium attention lasts 3 weeks maximum,
from Ferguson to Donetsk to Mosul and back,
and it’s always Obama’s fault for not doing enough.
The serious left comparable at times in a way.
It’s always previous American foreign policy to blame.
You never even get to discuss whats going on there,
in the Middle East Africa South Asia or Europe,
because it’s all about the American foreign policy.
How does that satisfy every component of the matter?
Blame U.S. or not and then what? It’s the
rest of the world is blank, non-occurring,
non-effecting, the only thing going on on the
rest of the planet is American foreign policy.
I’m sick of it as an intellectual trap – if you
say anything about most places it’s like you’re only
plying the levers on US foreign policy
as if any of us even effect that,
and there’s no such thing as the other place,
they are only reflections of the light
of american foreign policy debate, rep vs dem.
Canada has its own laws system and perspective
because it’s different being the underling
and because much of the best of the future of Canada
is here, and much of it on native land as they say,
the resources happen to be under First Nations territory
in case after case around the country from coast to coast.
So all our wealth for burning up in overseas war
actually is subject to negotiation with First Nations
most of of the several hundred such Nations
against overseas war, with connections to those wars few.
oil reserves, new mines, many value minerals,
a strange ice bucket of wealth
inside the Ring of Fire.
And you can google that.
Chretien deciding not to go to Iraq
is one of the boons of our present times
among non boons effecting things.
As someone who has to actually live here in ongoing time
Canada’s real war clout and economic clout to fund war clout
doesn’t take into account internal legal conflict
over different forms of consciousness and world view
owning or mutually owning everything.
You can go through the Nations.
Mohawks, what global prejudice
or presumption would the greater
Mohawk world view unveil upon
eastern europe, the middle east,
the southern european economic stresses
and once prominent reactionaryisms,
Golden Dawn in the news lately,
or poverty in world cup brasil,
and ‘aboriginals’ there, rather,
the people whose it was.
I had a genius Mayan coworker in the 90s for 4 years
in a sound proof room with Manny for most of that time
a mind to transcend that consciousness of that era,
he’d use the shit computer we operated the old telex with
and teach himself at a post doc level in things
then show me some of it after management went home.
He’d program the computer to erupt in Mayan symbols
when a certain thing was typed, which I never figured out.
So what is the Mayan view of Ukraine Palestine Baghdad Guatemala
the things the media terrorizes u.s. citizens
and denizens with changes weekly in full
Not terrified of Mexico anymore Mr Baehner
incensed about libya yet mr McCain
and oh saying the 911 terrorists
came from Canada
thats the heavens to betsy
bring us your tired and crazed and your draft dodgers
and people who’d be happier in Canada. Mohawks Abe Lincoln
as it were was Brant from upstate New York
fought on the northern side for a separate system
in return for 6 miles either side of the river
I think of as the Brant river
which has never been bartered away,
lands where he advanced
a pluralistic all welcoming
friendly kind mohawk caliphate as it were
with the thanks of the founding prefathers of Canada decades later
Canada is an English French Caliphate of Europe
transposed upon several hundred nations that were here
when ‘settlers’ appeared
Miqmaw, Cree, and the North, and the Qest
living in conditions as bad as Syria or Palestine
by way of devasation, mouldy shacks in minus 60 temperatures
not in favour of war in Iraq.
The Ring of Fire people, Guardians of the Sacred Lakes,
on the ascendancy, it’s not just mining,
it’s smart mining, the ground itself
is like a history surviving bank account
with Quebec Ontario and the Federal Government
all a factor as well as US Investment firms,
and China would buy it for 8 trillion immediately.
Any imaginary price you would like
In a world where the same miserable dollars
we spend are produced by insane systems in the trillions,
yet broken baked scratch as reaches us
This has been an informal, inspired, review of:
July 8, 2014
A Charming Song Of Apocalypse
was the other possible title. Feel free to find it on wordpress one day
and comment “A Charming Apocalypse” would have been better,
so I know it’s you, from my berth in the sanitarium.
There’s a sequel, but it’s far too powerful
The World Is Livid
the geopølitical world, oo la la.
Feel free to extend your thoughts
on Israel these days. I don’t know
there’s a single other person in the world
I’d have more chance of hearing
anything new from. They both
have so much reason to be enraged
at each other and the whole region
so overblown. Do they have anything else?
The mass migration into EU and US is on.
And there’s this sense that the US
military can’t be everywhere anymore,
and everyone knows it. Japan going underwater.
Russia with money to spend.
And the ISIS Caliphate and Boko Harum,
therefore whats China thinking?
Feel free to say. Happy to hear from
all the nations, all missed, for being known
somewhat. And if only trust still existed.
Governments Churches Corporations
Toronto developers lawyer political grease
and consultants take on Don Cherry’s
best bud in politics, “The Crack Mayor”
like Tory versus Ford is fake Tory vs Chow
At least the peanut gallery has peanuts.
Choose the peanut gallery path.
Diversify use of the skills to hand.
Try regressing. Apocalyptic planning.
Noah’s Peanut Gallery,1
The Drunken Boat.2
How much longer the divine sepulchre.3
Toronto’s so much better off with the light rail
and sensible practical decisions
with finding a way to acknowledge the hotheads
Ideally we go Chow Wynne then Trudeau wins but steps aside for Carolyn Bennett, and we have a good healthy smart country
then federal ndp rebuilds perfect
and presides til the 2040s
after the come uppance with the greens
remember to contrast it all
with the rest of the world
and no more monetizing high schools and hospitals
March 27, 2014
oil vs water.
Oh that it should rain vinegre
for 7 days and nights.
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March 14, 2014
Ukraine’s Ambassador to Canada was on Power & Politics with Evan Solomon, who finally got to
some of the largest question marks I’ve had about the situation. Stressing that Ukraine is a large country with quite a raw belief, a large country,no backing down. A belief that strong in Ukraine. While in Russia it can be perceived as Europe making its move to get at Russia’s oil industry, and the oil itself of course. It’s like oil industries have armies, and the rest of us are just running around with the veneer of the rest of the politics. Visceral.
It’s definitely time for the likes of me to de-escalate thats for sure. I’m making a list of similar relationships. There’s the vivid versions of the US and Canada relationship, the Canada and Quebec relationship, the Ontario Quebec relationship, Canada and Each First Nation, the many First Nations and Others on their territory. The First Nations are Nations, yet get drained in court by frackers and tarsanders, a situation of a resource corporation being simply richer and larger than a Nation. Just in that sentence, hundreds of literal Russia Ukraine relationships.
With the oil and fuel industries subtly brined through all of the relationships, which can be cooperative and self-believing, or popped for a ‘who gets the spoils’ game represented by the existence of billionaires. The product of a game.
It matters, the Russian side of the equation matters, Those opposed to Putin’s idea of life in Russia are in the same boat as all other civilians, the non military world…
Whether Russia would be at war with Ukraine or at war with Ukraine plus Europe and America.
I emerged sympathetic to Russia’s situation, in either scenario. And sympathetic to Ukraine’s situation in the many scenarios. Ukraine believes in Ukraine, and Moscow would feel as Ottawa would if there were suddenly a new unaligned power quite up so close, with the possibility of more.
Will the meek inherit the earth? There are many meanings to that question.
I think you have to wrap sympathy around all the people under this cloud.
There haven’t been many wars that everyone agrees on. living in Toronto, and the writing and arts worlds, all places are friends
Make the storm pass